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Can I get my laptop to recognize new RAM speed?

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I recently swapped out the stock HP RAM set of a single 4 GB card to a new set of 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM which is supposed to have a speed of 1600 MHz. My laptop is an HP pavilion dv6-6b75ca, and when I checked the speed at which the RAM was being used, it was still at 1333 Mhz. The place at which I bought the RAM told me my computer could support the new speed, but I'm not sure how to get around to it. I checked BIOS but I'm not really familiar with this hardware stuff so I'd like to learn if it's possible for me to get the laptop to take advantage of the better RAM to the fullest?

Thanks in advance for any help!

The computer in question is here: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-5145688-5189522.html?dnr=1
There are two DIMM slots even though it says on the site there's only one.
I believe this is the RAM that I got: http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Vengeance-204-Pin-1600MHz-CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B006EWUOL8
Thanks again!
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Go to crucial.com and use their ram tool to figure out if you could run 1600mhz to begin with. Simply let it scan your system.

If it says you can use 1600mhz (which I would be amazed if it did) then you need to poke around your bios long enough to find the memory settings, or possibly an XMP memory profile.

If the program says your stuck at 1333mhz, then who ever told you that you could utilize 1600mhz has no idea what they are talking about.
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Thanks for your reply! I did as you said, and I got this webpage: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Pavilion%20dv6-6b75ca&Cat=RAM

I think it says it supports DDR3 PC3-12800 which is the 1600 MHz speed, right? But if that's right, the BIOS settings are still nowhere to be found...
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You need an i7 to run RAM at 1600MHz in laptops.
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Thanks! Says on the package only for i5 and i7, but I tried! Thanks for your help.
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